Mercedes

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See also: mercedes and Mercédès

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish Mercedes (Mary, Our Lady of Mercy). The car was named for Mercédès Jellinek, the daughter of Austrian businessman Emil Jellinek who ordered 36 cars from Gottlieb Daimler.[1]

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Proper noun[edit]

Mercedes (plural Mercedes)

  1. A female given name from Spanish, equivalent to English Mercy occasionally borrowed from Spanish.

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Noun[edit]

Mercedes (plural Mercedes)

  1. Clipping of Mercedes-Benz, a car manufactured by Mercedes-Benz.
    Synonyms: Benz, Mercedes-Benz

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Michelle Krebs (2001-10-19), “Her Name Still Rings A Bell”, in New York Times[1]: “Jellinek agreed to order 36 cars if they bore the name of his daughter -- and if the factory gave him an exclusive sales agency for America and parts of Europe. Daimler agreed.”

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish Mercedes.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

Mercedes m or f (plural Mercedes)

  1. Mercedes (car manufactured by Mercedes-Benz)

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Proper noun[edit]

Mercedes f

  1. Alternative form of Mercédès

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ellipsis of Mercedes-Benz.

Noun[edit]

Mercedes m (strong, genitive Mercedes, plural Mercedesse)

  1. (automotive) Mercedes (car manufactured by Mercedes-Benz)
    Synonym: Benz
  2. (by extension, informal) cream of the crop
    • 2013, Karl Wolfgang Biehusen, Baedeker Reiseführer Madrid, Baedeker, →ISBN, page 93:
      Der Mercedes unter den spanischen Schinken ist der Ibérico de Bellota.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)
    • 2021 November 22, quoting Jens Spahn, but only indirectly, “Jens Spahn (CDU): Moderna als »guter, sicherer und sehr wirksamer Impfstoff«”, in Der Spiegel[2], ISSN 2195-1349:
      Die Vakzine von Biontech sei der Mercedes und die von Moderna der Rolls-Royce.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From mercedes (mercies), shortened from María (de las) Mercedes, a Roman Catholic epithet of the Virgin Mary as "Our Lady of Mercy".

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /meɾˈθedes/, [meɾˈθe.ð̞es]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /meɾˈsedes/, [meɾˈse.ð̞es]

Proper noun[edit]

Mercedes f

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Mercy (Mary, Our Lady of Mercy)

Descendants[edit]

  • English: Mercedes
  • French: Mercédès, Mercedes
  • German: Mercedes